Available Now !!
A well known lure which has claimed plenty of pelagic predators from the Australian coastline is the Lively lures Mack Bait. Lively Lures is based on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland and this lure manufacturer has been producing quality lures to suit Australian waters for nearly three decades.
The Mack Baits are classified as a bibless minnow and were designed by Alan Dolan in the early nineties and they have been a perennial favourite amongst Aussie rock hoppers ever since. As a young keen rock fisherman who spent plenty of time fishing locations such as the Gold Coast Seaway in the 1980’s Alan wanted to create a multipurpose pelagic lure for targeting species such as Mackerel, Tuna and Trevally.
After a year of lure sculpting and field testing Alan finally came up with a design which not only mimics the local baitfish population but also swims with a deadly action. When you observe the shape of a Mack Bait it is relatively thin across the body but broad in profile. This allows the Mack Bait to flash through the water and imitates common baitfish such as Herring, Mullet and Yellowtail Scads.
When a Mack Bait is retrieved at high speed these lures vibrate through the water which makes them highly visible to predatory fish. To achieve this action Alan has designed the Mack Bait with a tight action which allows the lure to vibrate with the maximum number of beats per foot of travel. When casting these lures from the rocks anglers usually let them sink for approximately 5 seconds before cranking them in with a medium to high speed retrieve. When Mack Baits are retrieved at the correct speed these lures will stay in the water and will continue work until they are retrieved right to the base of the rocks or get inhaled by a fish.
The Mack Baits are currently available in three sizes 4 inch, 5 inch and 7 inch and we will start off with the most popular size, the 5 inch, which is the most common size used for casting and retrieving from the rocks. These bibles minnows contain an internal lead weight in the front section of the lure and 5 inch lure weighs approximately 75gms. The body of the Mack Bait is also made from Polyurethane which is not only excellent for rock abrasion but this material is also tough enough to withstand any puncture wounds created a big Spanish mackerel.
In recent years well known LBG angler Goshie has been working with Alan to create a series of Chrome Mack Baits that are designed for Australian ledges. Goshie started with the “king of chrome” Mack Bait which has gained a huge cult following and is fast becoming one of the most popular lures on the market. The “king of chrome” Mack Bait has claimed a wide variety of species such as Spanish mackerel, longtail tuna, cobia, giant trevally, golden trevally and many more.
The Mack Baits can also be used to target a wide range of pelagics from a boat. These lures can either be trolled at speeds up to 8 knots or they can be cast and retrieved from a stationary vessel. This makes the Mack Baits a truly versatile lure.
Please join our mailing list for latest offers and specials. It's unconditional and you can unsubscribe at any time.
News from our social media feeds: